From FoxNews.com ; A car's ability to slip through the air without creating too much drag is critical when it comes to fuel economy, and no car in production right now does it better than the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class. The compact sedan, unveiled to the world in April at the 2018 Beijing auto show, has a coefficient of drag (Cd) of just 0.22 and a front area of 2.19 square meters. According to Mercedes, this results in the lowest drag of any car in production.
Mercedes' CLA held the record previously with a Cd of 0.23, and might just reclaim it when it receives a redesign next year. But for now the A-Class is king, at least when it comes to aero efficiency.
The low Cd is the result of design optimization down [...]
From Driving: Actor Mark Wahlberg completed the purchase a Chevrolet dealership in Columbus, Ohio July 19, reports Automotive News, in partnership with a longtime car dealer friend.
Wahlberg and Jay Feldman together bought Bobby Layman Chevrolet and are rebranding it Mark Wahlberg Chevrolet, after hunting for such an opportunity since early 2017. The pair, who met in Detroit in 2013, are already partners on a Wahlburger restaurant in nearby Cleveland.
The plan is to retain the staff of about 100 employees and hire more sales reps and technicians, says the News, as well as to possibly add other dealerships.
Besides being a huge car fan, Wahlberg is somewhat of an entrepreneur, having started his own restaurant chain, Wahlburgers, a movie production company, and a nutrition [...]
Stuttgart – Mercedes-Benz can look back on the strongest-selling quarter in the companies’ history. From April to June, 594,528 customers received their new Mercedes-Benz (+1.9%). Thus, Mercedes-Benz sold more vehicles than ever before in a half-year: Since the beginning of the year, 1,188,832 cars with the three-pointed star were delivered to customers all over the world. Unit sales were thus 3.9% higher than in the previous highest first half-year in 2017. In the first six months, Mercedes-Benz was the premium brand with the most new registrations in several markets, including Germany, France, Russia, Switzerland, Portugal, South Korea, Australia, the USA and Canada.
With 203,783 vehicles sold, June was the month with the second highest sales since the beginning of the year (-2.6%). Figures of last month were affected amongst other things by a fire at a US supplier. This meant a significant lower production of the SUVs for the world market [...]
From Rental Pulse: JCB, Rocester, U.K., has invested more than £50 million (US$65.8 million) in a new British plant, which could create hundreds of jobs and double production of cabs used on its machines.
Work is under way on a 350,000-sq.-ft. facility for JCB Cab Systems adjacent to the A50 in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, U.K., next to two existing JCB plants. The high-tech factory will have the capacity to produce around 100,000 cabs a year. It will include a computer-controlled production line, fully-automated painting facility and robotic welding, potentially creating more than 200 new jobs by 2022.
“This new factory will be the most advanced and productive cab facility in the world and will bring even greater levels of efficiency to the business," said Graeme Macdonald, JCB CEO. "The investment is one of the [...]
From Financial Express India: Couples hiring luxury cars to make their wedding day special is very common these days. Maybe, that is why Luxury cars and animals seem to be a passe and in order to make their wedding ride special, a newlywed couple in Karnataka went home on a JCB machine after the ceremony. Yes, the couple picked this unusual set of wheels for their wedding procession and became the talk of the town in Puttur located in Karnataka’s South Kannada District.
It was reported that the groom has been operating the machine for the past ten years and thus decided to make it his wedding chariot. His friends supported him and thought this to be the best way to make the important day memorable.
This unique carriage grabbed eyeballs as well made to [...]
From Road & Track: The new Jimny seems to be the lime in our lemonade this summer, especially now that we know that the new G-Wagen is nothing like the original diesel workhorse. Why? Because next to having an independent front suspension in the name of road comfort, it's also wider, longer, and more luxurious than the people at Austria's Steyr-Daimler-Puch (now Magna Steyr) could have ever foreseen. In fact, the Gs became so fancy that it almost feels wrong to scratch their metallic paint jobs. And what exactly is the point of spending so much money on an otherwise capable off-roader when you don't even intend to go on an adventure with it?
That's where Suzuki's compact, lightweight, and equally boxy 2019 Jimny comes in. It's the perfect go everywhere [...]
Stuttgart –Mercedes-Benz sold more vehicles around the world last month than ever before in a May: A total of 198,187 cars with the three-pointed star were handed over to customers (+2.3%). The premium brand thus achieved best-ever unit sales for the 63rd month in succession. In the first five months of this year, 985,063 units were sold, which is 5.4% more than in the prior-year period. Mercedes-Benz was the premium brand with the most new registrations in May in countries including Germany, France, Belgium, Portugal, Greece, USA, Canada, Brazil, South Korea, Japan and Australia.
“The 63rd record month in succession demonstrates our customers’ trust in first-class products from Mercedes-Benz. This enables us to further expand our strong position in the premium segment. This May, we delivered more than 198,000 vehicles, which is more than in any May before,” stated Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars [...]
Stuttgart – In the first three months of this year, Mercedes-Benz posted its strongest-selling quarter of all time and defended its top position in the premium segment. The company with the three-pointed star smoothly continued with this successful start to the year in April: 192,558 cars were delivered to customers around the world (+6.6%), more than ever before at the beginning of a second quarter. Unit sales in the first four months of the year increased to the new high of 786,862 vehicles sold with the three-pointed star (+6.2%). For 62 months in a row, Mercedes-Benz has now posted continuous growth. In several markets, Mercedes-Benz was the premium brand with the most new registrations in April, including Germany, Spain, Sweden, South Korea, Australia, USA, Mexico and Brazil.
“After our most successful quarter, we are keeping up the pace. More than 192,000 Mercedes-Benz vehicles sold in April means not only a growth [...]
From CNET Roadshow: The Beijing Motor Show is going to be a hot one -- or it will be at the Mercedes-Benz stand, at least, as the automaker has some big stuff to show off for the first time.
The main draw for US audiences should be the reveal of the A-Class sedan. Mercedes already unveiled the A-Class hatchback in Geneva, but it's the sedan that will eventually make its way to the US.
Daimler's press release for the show says this A-Class model will be "produced in China for China," so it's likely a long-wheelbase version of the car that will eventually come Stateside. Nevertheless, all you need to do is shrink the wheelbase in Photoshop and you've probably got a good idea of what's coming to these [...]
From ME Construction News: As JCB celebrates 25 years of skid steer production, the company is launching seven new large-platform skid steer loaders and compact tracked machines. The machines feature a new Hi-Viz boom, which is mounted 50mm lower to further improve visibility from the cab. Based on the firm’s large skid steer platform, the previous 225 becomes the 250 and the 260 is renamed the 270. The 300 and the 330 remain unchanged.
On the compact tracked loader side, the 225T is now the 250T, the 260T becomes the 270T and the 300T is unchanged. The Hi-Viz models’ new Powerboom loading arm, mounted 50mm lower than in the previous generation, improves the view across the boom to the operator’s right-hand side.